Council of Asian Science Editors

CrossRef announcement on changes in DOI display guidelines

Ed Pentz, Executive Director

We very rarely change CrossRef DOI display guidelines, in part because we understand that a change on our end likely means more work on your end as you update the way DOI links are displayed in your publications. Here is a brief explanation of why, what, and when it will happen:

Why: We believe these changes are necessary in order to respond to the need for more secure browsing with “https:”, and to harmonize our guidelines with those of the International DOI Foundation.

What: The changes are to drop “dx” from DOI links and to use “https:” rather than “http:”. An example of the new best practice in displaying a CrossRef DOI is: As always, the DOI should be written as a hyperlink.

When: We are asking that you adopt the new guidelines by March 2017

Explanation of the reasons in detail for the change in guidelines in a recent post on the CrossRef blog.